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Friday, October 15, 2010
Snowden confident Retrieve's tough enough to stay on derby trail
Unbeaten . . . Exploitable Doubt wins easily at Rosehill. Photo: Chris Lane
DARLEY STUD'S Victoria Derby-
bound three-year-old Retrieve has
settled back into the routine at Flem-
ington and will be joined by stable-
mate Yulalona in Saturday's Norman
Robinson Stakes at Caulfield.
''Look out,'' said Paul Snowden,
who runs the Flemington stable for
Darley's head trainer, his father Peter.
''Retrieved is very tough mentally and
sound. He'll continue on his derby
prep, it hasn't worried him one iota.''
Retrieved raced away with the
Gloaming Stakes but stablemate
Erewhon reversed the placings in
the group 1 Spring Champions
Stakes. Yulalona followed wins at
Geelong and Kembla with a victory
in the Dulcify Quality at Randwick.
''An improving type who has done
a good job to get where he has,''
Snowden said of Yulalona. ''Three
starts ago, he won a maiden and a
stakes race. Not many do that.''
The stable's multiple group 1 win-
ner Purple is out to turn the tables
on C'est La Guerre in the David
Jones Cup. The pair went one-two in
the Craven Plate at Randwick last
Saturday week. ''Her form is sound,
and she is proven on the wet and
dry,'' Snowden said.
Darley has eight runners compet-
ing in six races at Caulfield, and
Snowden is confident they all are in
Warwick Farm trainer Guy Walter is
looking forward to the return of
lightly raced galloper Al Dhafra,
when the winner of five from eight
runs in the Betfair Stakes at Caul-
field. ''I'm very happy with how he
has settled in down here,'' Walter
said while supervising work at Flem-
ington. ''He has to make the next
step up. He has only got three-year-
old form, but it was pretty good. He
is not a good worker but he did work
well on Tuesday.''
In the Norman Robinson Stakes,
Walter, whose galloper Willy Jimmy
was just beaten at Caulfield on Wed-
nesday, will start Digital Fortress.
''He has won his last couple at
Warwick Farm,'' Walter said. ''He is
bred to stay, he is on the improve
and the Victoria Derby is what he is
being aimed at.''
Flemington trainer Steve Richards
hopes the Victoria Derby-bound
Almindoro can fill the void created
by the retirement of his quality mare
Rostova, which is off to mate up with
sire Fastnet Rock.
''I said to the owners, 'You've got
some good offers for her, and why
wait another year,' '' Richards said
yesterday. ''She was a group 1 win-
ner for them, she ran third in a Sires'
in Sydney behind Manhattan Rain,
she ran in a Goodwood, she took
Almindoro runs in Saturday's
Norman Robinson Stakes at Caul-
field, while his last-start Benalla
Cup winner Playwright goes around
in the David Jones Cup. ''Almindoro
is a promising horse who will meas-
ure up,'' Richards said. ''As for Play-
wright, a lot mock him but he is a
good old handy horse. We bought
him for $75,000 as a yearling, and he
has won some $580,000. I'd like a
stable full of horses like him.''
Rodney Northam's unbeaten three-
year-old Exploitable Doubt can stop
eight rivals winning a $100,000
Inglis bonus in Saturday's Sharp
Handicap at Randwick.
The colt announced his arrival in
town last Saturday at Rosehill when
scoring an impressive win, which
followed a couple of victories on the
home track at Scone.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained
Light Brigade, which won on debut
at Wyong and then at Warwick Farm
before finishing second at the track
last start, is eligible for the bonus.
The TAB is offering punters a 50 per
cent win bonus on Caulfield Cup
contenders Herculian Prince and
Alcopop. Investors can bet a maxim-
um of $50 on the horses, and the
offer lasts until the liability reaches
$50,000. Punters can bet between
6pm and 8pm on Friday.
Kavanagh has Shocking news for cup rivals
THE Melbourne Cup-winning part-
nership of trainer Mark Kavanagh
and the stallion Shocking are ripe
for a crack at Saturday's $2.55 mil-
lion Caulfield Cup.
''Experience tells you that in a
2400-metre race at Caulfield on a
heavy track, when doing the form,
you probably should treat it as a
2800m race,'' Kavanagh said after
completing trackwork commitments
at Flemington on Thursday morn-
ing. ''This gives us more hope.''
The Caulfield track was given out
as a slow seven yesterday although
the weather bureau is tipping rain
for Melbourne on Friday.
Shocking is out to repeat the effort
of the ill-fated Viewed, which won
Bart Cummings a 12th Melbourne
Cup before returning last spring to
win the Caulfield Cup.
In winning the Melbourne Cup
Viewed carried 53kg while Shocking
won his last year with 51kg. Like
Viewed, Shocking has been asked to
carry 57kg in the Caulfield Cup.
In the past 30 years 28 horses have
had 57kg or more in the Caulfield
Cup, with Viewed one of four win-
ners. The others were Northerly
(58kg, 2002), Sydeston (57kg, 1990)
and Ming Dynasty (58kg, 1980).
Supporters of Shocking made their
intentions clear on Thursday when
he vaulted to equal favouritism with
the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Met-
ropolitan winner Herculian Prince.
TAB Sportsbet was offering $6.50
about the pair with the multiple
group 1 winner Metal Bender at $7
and ring wobbler Alcopop out to $9.
Alcopop roared into favouritism
after flashing home for second
behind So You Think in last Sat-
urday's Yalumba Stakes at Caulfield.
The Jake Stephens-trained gelding
drops from 59kg to 53.5kg on Sat-
urday although the six-year-old lost
favouritism on Wednesday when he
drew the outside barrier, with 18 to
start in the 2400m race.
Kavanagh was more than pleased
with barrier 12 for Shocking and
wasn't overly concerned with the
weight, given what has transpired
over the past year.
''Twelve months ago he was first
emergency for the Caulfield Cup,''
Kavanagh replied when asked about
the development of Shocking.
''Twelve months ago he hadn't won a
mile weight-for-age race either.''
Shocking did that when steaming
home to win the Makybe Diva Stakes
at Flemington three runs ago. They
were followed with a fifth behind
super horse So You Think in the
Underwood and a close second to
Zipping in the Turnbull Stakes.
The Chris Waller-trained Metal
Bender was closing late and right on
the back of Shocking in the Turnbull,
with the former in receipt of 1kg from
Kavanagh's horse on Saturday.
''Metal Bender has been very
strong on the line at his last couple
of starts,'' Waller said. ''He seems to
have had the perfect preparation. I
think it's very important he has a
familiar jockey on board and Hugh
Bowman knows him, knows what he
can do. The only concern I have is
the 56kg but it will still take a very
good horse to beat him.''
Waller will also start his former
Doncaster Mile winner Triple Hon-
our with the gelding having been set
specifically for the Caulfield Cup.
''I'm very happy with the barrier
, he should get the run of the
race,'' he said. ''It will be a matter of
getting the luck because we know
what an honest horse he is, he will
just keep coming.''
Shocking is a five-year-old stallion,
as was Tawqeet when he won in 2006.
Tawqeet had previously won the The
Metropolitan, with Herculian Prince
out to complete the same double.
That is of little concern to Kavan-
agh, who is worried about only one
horse. ''The problem is you've got
to make sure you keep enough
racing up to him [Shocking] to get
him fit,'' he said.
Kavanagh paid respect to the 17
rivals awaiting on Saturday but
wasn't about to single out any gal-
loper. ''I'm just concerned about my
horse,'' he said. ''Getting him there,
right on the day.''
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